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Georgian Alphabet among 5 of the world’s most beautiful alphabets
18 September, 2014
Since the birth of the alphabet in the Near East around 2000 BC, endless writing systems from different languages and cultures have thrived and perished. The classic example is Egyptian, a highly developed civilization whose legacy remains the form of a famous hieroglyphic writing system which we’ve never been able to fully decipher, the Matador Network says.
Over the last 2,500 years, the Latin alphabet has become so popular it’s swept away writing systems of peoples once dominated by the
Romans. However, more than two billion people still write in other formats, and a few of them display an impressive handmade beauty.
The Matador Network gives five of the most aesthetically attractive alphabets in the world, and the reasons why one is probably never going to read them. Georgian alphabet is on the list along with the Burmese (Myanmar), Sinhalese (Sri Lanka), Tagalog (Philippines) and Hanacaraka (Indonesia) alphabets.
“Squeezed between Turkey and Russia, Georgia has its own language and alphabet, both of which are threatened by Russian domination. In the last century, Russian imperialist policy resulted in the annexation of more than half of Georgia’s original area. Furthermore, continuing pressure for the small country to cede additional portions of its territory suggests that fewer and fewer Caucasians will be speaking and writing Georgian as time goes on, as Russian and the Cyrillic alphabet supplant the native systems. The Russian desire to control oil pipelines that run under Georgia also represents a menace to the sovereignty of the local culture.
It’s a pity: The Georgian alphabet shows an elegance that brings to mind Arabic, combined with a child-like simplicity expressed in rounded curves,” this is how the Matador Network describes Georgian alphabet.

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